ATLANTA -- Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has lined up his late-inning relievers as Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel for more than a year.
But with Venters struggling of late, Gonzalez changed the order in the Braves' 5-4 victory against the Cardinals on Tuesday. He used Venters in the seventh inning and O'Flaherty in the eighth before Kimbrel closed out his 14th save.
Venters gave up one run on three hits in his inning. It was the third time in his last four appearances that he gave up at least one run. But after giving up three home runs in eight innings since May 11, two of the hits Venters allowed Tuesday were ground balls up the middle. Gonzalez said the ground balls were encouraging.
"I told Jonny when he came out 'We're getting ground balls which we weren't getting before,'" Gonzalez said. "Now we just need to put an infielder in front of them."